Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Coalition of Immokalee Workers achieves another major agreement

Only two years after the Coalition of Immokalee Workers achieved a remarkable agreement with Yum!, the CIW has achieved a similar agreement with McDonald's, according to this news story from the Presbyterian News Service.

Under the agreement, McDonald's will pay a penny a pound more for Florida-grown tomatoes, and will ensure that the raise is passed on to the workers. Additionally, McDonald's will work with the CIW to strengthen its supplier code of conduct.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been a partner with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers since 2002 when it endorsed a boycott of Taco Bell. After the CIW achieved its groundbreaking agreement with Taco Bell in 2005, the PCUSA participated in the formation of the Alliance for Fair Food, a network of groups working for human rights for farmworkers.

I have blogged on these issues - with some skepticism about the reasoning concerning supply chain ethics - here, here, and here. All that being said, I rejoice in the agreement reached between McDonald's and the CIW.

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